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  • Entry requirements
    Minimum entry requirements Applicants must have a good knowledge of the English language and an honours degree of at least second class standard or an equivalent approved degree. Before starting the Graduate Diploma/CPE course, holders of overseas degrees or unclassified degrees, and those claiming exemptions, must obtain a certificate of academic standing from either the Bar Standards Board (intending barristers) or the Solicitors Regulation Authority (intending solicitors).
  • Academic title
    Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Course description
    This is a one year full-time programme for non-law graduates who wish to start training for a career at the Bar or as a solicitor. City's CPE conversion course has an unrivalled reputation with the profession for the quality of its teaching and the ability of its students.

    The 7 foundation subjects are taught over one year through lectures, classes and tutorials which occupy 17-18 hours each week. Instruction in the use of legal materials and in legal research methods (including use of electronic retrieval systems) is an integral part of the course.

    The academic programme and examinations are of first degree level; students must cope with a volume of work which is normally taken by undergraduates over at least 18 months. Assessment is based on written examinations held at the end of the course and on coursework.

    Candidates who successfully complete all components of the course at The City Law School are awarded the University's Graduate Diploma in Law. Candidates who have enrolled with approved exemptions will be certified as having met the CPE requirements. In both cases, this satisfies the academic stage requirements for admission to a Bar Vocational Course (if you intend to practise at the Bar) or to take a Legal Practice Course (if you want to become a solicitor).

    Holders of the University's Graduate Diploma in Law may obtain an LLB degree at City by taking additional course units by part-time study. The CPE is also accepted as an entry qualification for the LLM degrees offered by the School.

    Common Professional Examination programme

        * The original CPE
        * Largest university Graduate Diploma/CPE course
        * Specialist staff with unrivalled expertise
        * University-funded scholarships
        * Links to BVC and LPC courses
        * Competitive course fees
        * Assessment by coursework and examinations
        * Graduate Diploma convertible to LLB degree
        * Annual mooting competition sponsored by the Inns of Court
        * Debating-for-all programme
        * Careers advice from tutors
        * Full University Careers Service
        * Visiting speakers and careers events

    The Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE is a one year full-time programme for non-law graduates who wish to start training for a career at the Bar or as a solicitor. City's CPE conversion course has an unrivalled reputation with the profession for the quality of its teaching and the ability of its students.

    The 7 foundation subjects are taught over one year by lectures, classes and tutorials which occupy 17-18 hours each week. Instruction in the use of legal materials and in legal research methods (including use of electronic retrieval systems) is an integral part of the course.

    The academic programme and examinations are of first degree level; students must cope with a volume of work which is normally taken by undergraduates over at least 18 months. Assessment is based on written examinations held at the end of the course and on coursework.

    Candidates who successfully complete all components of the course at The City Law School are awarded the University's Graduate Diploma in Law. Candidates who have enrolled with approved exemptions will be certified as having met the CPE requirements. In both cases, this satisfies the academic stage requirements for admission to a Bar Vocational Course (if you intend to practise at the Bar) or to take a Legal Practice Course (if you want to become a solicitor).

    Holders of the University's Graduate Diploma in Law may obtain an LLB degree at City by taking additional course units by part-time study. The CPE is also accepted as an entry qualification for the LLM degrees offered by the School.

    Bar Vocational and Legal Practice Courses

    Students wishing to qualify to practise must, after completing the CPE or an LLB degree, undertake either a Bar Vocational Course (barristers) or a Legal Practice Course (solicitors). The City Law School offers both of these courses. Our LPC carries the top quality ratings from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. (The Bar Standard Board does not rate BVC courses in the same way.)

    Graduates of The City Law School's academic programmes can be guaranteed places on the School's Legal Practice Course (subject to attaining the minimum grades required). Although the Bar Council does not allow provider institutions to guarantee places on the Bar Vocational Course, progression on to the School's BVC is encouraged.

    Programme structure

    Foundation Subjects

        * Law of Contract
        * Law of Torts
        * Criminal Law
        * Constitutional & Administrative Law
        * European Law
        * Land Law
        * Equity and Trusts

    Exposure Subject

        * Introduction to Legal Ethics

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